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• Franklin Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five will be on July 29. Event will include door prizes, refreshments and networking. 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Ferguson Enterprises, 271 Cat Creek Road.

  • Mountain BizWorks is offering its Financial Tools for Small Business course starting on July 29. The five session course starts with the basics of bookkeeping and then launches into QuickBooks Pro 2007 for more advanced financial management. The classes are taught five consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Park Inn Conference Center in Waynesville. Pre-registration is required. at 631.0292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Representative Heath Shuler, along with area economic development groups and agencies, will host a job fair on Aug. 14. at the former Coats American facility at 155 Palmer Lane in Marble. Murphy Medical Center will also hold a health fair in conjunction with this job fair.

  • Mountain BizWorks offers free information sessions the third Thursday each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at United Community Bank in Waynesville. www.mountainbizworks.org.

 

Special Meetings

  • The final public design meeting for the Waynesville Skate Park will take place July 26, at 5:30 pm at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The design selected by feedback from the general public from previous meetings will be on display. 456.2030.

  • The Franklin Town Board will hold a public hearing Aug. 2 on a special use permit for a new Super Wal-Mart at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

 

Community & Events Announcements

  • Nichols House Antiques shop will host a "Carolina Mountain High Tea" for the benefit of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex on July 22. Tea begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Email your reservations to Terry Thompson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 586.0500.

  • A Clothesline Art Sale will be held on July 24 to benefit the children's section of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex. Children are invited to add their artwork to the Clothesline Art Sale. All kid-made artwork needs to be at the pavilion before 10 a.m. Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bridge Park Pavilion.

  • The Animal Compassion Network will host a low-cost rabies, vaccine and microchip clinic on July 24. Rabies shots are $10, additional vaccinations run up to $20. A microchip with lifetime registration is $18.11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pet Harmony off Hendersonville Rd. in Asheville. 274.3647 or www.animalcompassionnetwork.org.

  • Tickets are now available for the Franklin Rotary Club's annual raffle and silent auction to benefit the Roy Rickman Scholarship Fund to be held on July 24. The Roy Rickman Scholarship is Macon County's largest local private scholarship. The raffle drawing and silent auction will be held at 6 p.m. at Mountain View Intermediate School in Franklin. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $100 each from any member of the Franklin Rotary Club, or by calling Club President Ashley Vinson at 524.3321.

  • Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville will hold its annual Parish Fair on July 31. Events include a drawing for a handmade quilt, smoked barbecue, a book booth, flea market, garden shop, baked goods, music and entertainment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 648.3173

  • Downtown Dog Walk to benefit Sarge's Rescue Foundation. Aug. 7. Begin from the courthouse lawn in Waynesville. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., www.sargeandfriends.org.

  • The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club is offering free classes to anyone interested in becoming a licensed ham radio operator Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through July. Classes will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Waynesville. 627.2558 or 329.9303.

  • Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Adoption Days. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adoption featuring rescue program cats and dogs from the Haywood County animal shelter. Adoption fee covers rabies vaccination and spay/neuter. Held at 1659 S. Main Street, Waynesville. Photos of available pets can be found at www.adoptapet.com or www.sargeandfriends.org. For more information, call 246.9050.

 

  • P.A.W.S. Adoption Days are held the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adopt a pet or purchase one of the many fundraising items offered by P.A.W.S. Also, take advantage of 50 percent off custom ID tags at Ace Clampitt Hardware with any adoption. Held on the Front Lawn at Charleston Station in Bryson City.

 

Volunteering

  • The Open Door of Waynesville invites Haywood County citizens to volunteer to help transport children to facility July 19-23 for their Vacation Bible School from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. each day. 452.3846.

  • Volunteers are needed to help move books for the Haywood County Friends of the Library Book Sale July 29. Work will involve setting up tables and moving milk- box size boxes of books at the Waynesville branch of the library, lower level from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To sign up, call 627.2370.

  • Agencies throughout Haywood County are seeking volunteers for many different jobs, including helping with Folkmoot USA, Haywood Christian Ministries, REACH hotline and thrift shop, the Elk Bugle Corps for the National Park and many more. For more information, contact the Haywood Volunteer Center at 456.6456.

  • Full Spectrum Farms, a local non-profit serving individuals with autism, is currently accepting silent auction donations for its annual Starlight Night fundraising event, which will be held this year on Oct. 2. Event sponsorships are also available. Anyone wishing to donate should contact 293.2521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Bascom in Highlands seeks volunteers to help at arts center. Volunteer opportunities include office, gallery docent, benefit events, hospitality, flowers, installation, studio, library, landscaping, parking, recycling and building. No prior knowledge of art or museum experience is necessary. To get involved, call Margie Shambaugh at 828.526.4949, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.thebascom.org/volunteer.

  • The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society maintains a museum located in the historical courthouse in Room 308. The HCHGS is seeking articles and objects

of historical value to Haywood County that anyone would like to share. Please call Bette Sprecher at 456.3923 if you have anything to donate to the museum.

  • Haywood Volunteer Center has several opportunities to get involved. Needs include respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, mediators, craft instruction, house building, foster grandparenting and office work. Contact 456.6456 for more information.

 

Blood Drives

The Red Cross is in need of blood donations throughout the spring and summer and will hold a number of blood drives throughout Western North Carolina in May. Appointments preferred for donations. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. Type O negative blood is critically needed.

 

Haywood

  • New Covenant Church Blood Drive. July 25. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 627.9000.

  • Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive. July 31. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2412 Pisgah Drive-Hwy 110 in Canton. 989.3126. All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross Tote Bag.

 

Jackson

  • WCU Blood Drive at the Hinds Student Center Multi Purpose Room. July 28. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 7836.

  • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive at the Bradford Student Lounge. July 29.

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 586.4091, ext. 305 or 331.

 

Swain and Cherokee

  • Swain County Hospital Blood Drive. July 26. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 488.4008.

 

 

Health Matters

  • "Get Some Balance in your Life." Program focuses on improving balance to help prevent falls. Offered by the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. The class will meet twice weekly for 12 weeks, beginning in June. Cost is $60. 452.8097

  • Angel Medical Center will offer a four week prepared childbirth class on Tuesdays July 6-27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 369.4421 to schedule a class or for additional information.

  • Angel Medical Center will offer the American Lung Association's "Freedom From Smoking Program" for six Thursday, starting July 15, at 5 p.m. in the dining room at Angel Medical Center. Cost is $25. Pre-registration required at 369.4181.

  • Walking Tall class. July 21. Class will feature Mollie Scott, a pharmacist from MAHEC. She will address the controversies surrounding the osteoporosis medications and the benefits, or not, of natural treatments. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center classrooms. Free and open to the public. 452.8850.

  • Lunch and Learn: "Conquering Arthritis." July 26. Gerald King, an orthopedic surgeon at Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists in Clyde, will address arthritis and its effects on the knees and hips. 12 to 1 p.m. in the second floor classroom at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Cost is $5. Advanced reservations are required at 452.8881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A free dental clinic for low-income patients is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment at the Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project Dental Clinic on the upper level of Laurel Terrace in Cashiers. 743.3393.

  • Bones n' Balance, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Group therapeutic activity designed for people with osteoporosis. Free for members, $35 per month for nonmembers.

  • The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and provides care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. Care is free. A $10 donation for services is suggested, not required. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation & Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991.

  • Diabetes Support Group meets at HRMC in Waynesville. Learn about managing the disease. For more information, call Diabetes Educator Betty Crowley at 452.8092.

  • Fluid Motion, 11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Water class designed to relieve discomfort and pain cased by back, hip or knee problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions. Free for members, $35 per month for nonmembers.

  • HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a special class on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis by building strength and helping to increase bone density. The medically structured class, which is taught by Stacey Greene, LPTA, is held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at HealthTracks on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. Cost is $8 per session. 526.1FIT ( 526.1348) www.hchospital.org.

  • Heart Healthy Exercise Group meets from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. Cost is $15 per month. Interested persons may sign up at the civic center just before any session. 526.3556 or leader Nancy Freese at 743.0135.

  • Living Will information programs are held 9 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month in the lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. A WestCare Health System employee knowledgeable about advance directives will be available to answer questions. The living will document "Five Wishes" and a notary public will also be available at no charge. For more information, call 586.7748.

  • Outpatient Diabetes Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. bimonthly at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. monthly at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. Topics covered include weight loss, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, and counting carbohydrates to control blood glucose. Most insurance programs cover the cost of the classes, and options are available for those who do not have insurance, call Amy Bean at 586.7734.

  • Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. Topics include: coping with labor through breathing and relaxation exercises, medical interventions, Cesarean delivery, coaching tips, the birth process and post partum care for Mom. Call to schedule a class at 369.4421.

 

Recreation & Fitness

  • A weekly walk and run training group meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Church St. in Highlands. A 5K route is marked for everyone to follow. Come out and enjoy getting in shape and preparing for the upcoming "PAR 5K" in September.

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers a new coed softball league. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Latin Aerobics meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at The Waynesville Inn with Nicole Polzella. $3 per class. Register at Guest Services. 456.3551.

 

  • AccessDance WNC, a mobile dance instruction company committed to making dance and exercise accessible to under-served communities, offers instruction in numerous settings. For a free demonstration, call 276.6458.

  • Advanced yoga classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • A.M. Step classes are held from 7:55 to 8:55 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Bellies, booties and Biceps classes are held from 7:55 to 8:55 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Cardio Strength Training is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456.2030.

  • Group Runs are held on Sunday mornings at Lake Summit. Organized by FOOT RX. 8-, 9- and 10-minute pace groups. 90 minute run mostly dirt roads. 693.7669 ext. 11.

  • Jazzercise every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the multipurpose room of the Waynesville Recreation Center. Cost is $35 for members and $42 for nonmembers. 456.2030.

  • Kickboxing classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Morning yoga classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Open Play Volleyball is offered at the Waynesville Recreation Park for youth ages 12-17 on Tuesday nights and adults ages 18 and over on Wednesday nights. 6 to 9 p.m. Free to members of the Center or $340 per youth and $5 per adult. 456.2030.

  • Pilates classes are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Pilates are taught from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456-2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Sculpting classes are held from 6:20 to 7:20 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Spinning classes are held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:40 to 6:25 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Fridays, and 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Step with Stacey, step aerobics class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For people ages 13 and older. Free for members, $21/month for nonmembers. 456.2030 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Step interval classes are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Step strength classes are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Swim Workout For Adults is offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Average swimming ability is necessary to begin. All swimmers should be able to swim one lap without stopping. The cost is a facility membership to the Waynesville Recreation Center or daily entrance fee of six dollars per person. 456.2030.

  • Qi Gong/Yoga/Pilates classes are on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville. Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Ultimate Frisbee. Sunday afternoons 456.9207 Michael Huffstetler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Waynesville disc golf club. GLOW Singles play at 6 p.m. every Monday at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Random draw doubles at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. $5, $4 for club members. Meet at the picnic shelter beside the softball field below the Waynesville Recreation Center. www.waynesvillediscgolf.org.

  • Yoga classes are held from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Yoga classes 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Crystal Dragonfly in Waynesville, Haywood Square, 456.2244.

  • Zumba Latin dance/fitness classes are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456.2030.

  • Zumba fitness class on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville offers a Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • 20/20 classes provide 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center at 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. -

 

The Spiritual Side

  • Mountain Synagogue will hold interfaith Shabbat services on July 24, conducted by Dr. Judy Greene and Zvi Altman. 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church at 216 Roller Mill Road in Franklin. 369.9270.

  • First Baptist Church of Waynesville offers a Power Lunch Series on Thursdays. The program is an opportunity to fellowship with members of the community over lunch, as well as learn and discuss topics that are pertinent to working people. 12 p.m. in the Ministry Activity Center on Main Street. 456.9465.

  • Community Bible Study meets at First Methodist Church in Waynesville Tuesdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning in June. Cost is $25. 400.9536.

  • Services are held at Mountain Synagogue, a reform congregation, twice a month from June through the High Holidays in September in the social hall of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church on Roller Mill Road in Franklin. Sisterhood meets on a monthly basis. For information, call Phyllis Cardoza at 369.9270.

  • A prayer shawl ministry meets at 6 p.m. every other Friday at High Street Baptist church in Canton. Shawls are made as donations for those who need encouragement and to share the word of God. Members will teach those who want to learn. 648.5830.

  • A prayer walking group meets at 6 a.m. on Wednesdays in Canton. Group prayer during warm up then walk at your own pace. Meet at the big parking lot in front of the Sandwich Shop on Park Street. For rain location and more information, e-mail Cintia Listenbee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • An interdenominational bible study group for women meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Childcare provided by reservation. 452.1124 or 508.8649.

  • Contemporary Emergent Worship using sight, sound, touch, taste and feel is held from 9:15 to 10 a.m. every Sunday at Clyde Center United Methodist Church. 627.6587.

  • The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville offers a combination of a half hour Chakra Balancing meditation followed by an hour of Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center. Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "The Party" is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays at Sylva's First Baptist Church in downtown Sylva for Youth grades 7-12. Dinner, live music, games, fun and fellowship, and lessons for today's young Christian. Call 586.2095 for more information.

  • Good News Club meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Highlands School. Students in first through sixth grade are invited for a Bible lesson, music, crafts and snacks. Parent permission is required. 526.3257.

  • Intuitive Heart Discovery Group is a unique small group training program for intuition development within a spiritual context. To sign up or for more information, call Pat at 926.0055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes at Crystal Dragonfly in Waynesville.

  • Kids Club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. For children in preschool through grade five. 586.2358, www.firstumcsylva.org.

  • Ladies Bible Fellowship meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Hwy. 107 South. Interdenominational Bible study. 743.9337.

  • Missionary Circle #1 at Liberty Baptist Church meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the church. 2264526.

  • The Lakeview Church of the Nazarene holds Caravan at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The kids club is dedicated to the physical, social, mental and spiritual growth of children. 926.9210.

  • Support the WestCare Chaplaincy Program. Call Ron Allen at 586.7145 or Michele Garashi at 586.7669.

  • Unitarian Universalist of Franklin is sponsoring Wednesday night study sessions called Wednesday Night Chautauquas on the third week of each month. An optional $5 soup supper starts at 5:30 p.m. The discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 524.6777 for more information or directions.

  • Youth group, 6-8 p.m. Sundays at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. Dinner, music, recreation and devotion for children in grades six through 12. Call 586.2358, visit www.firstumcsylva.org or visit church offices for more information.

 

Senior Activities

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to see the Elk up close and personal on July 27. Open to everyone age 50 and above. Pack a dinner, cameras and a folding chair. Leave the Waynesville Recreation Center at 2 p.m. and return by 8 p.m. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited to the first seven to register at 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • American Cribbage Congress Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Community Services Building on Hospital Road in Sylva. 508.5265.

  • Happy Wanderers senior group holds several events coordinated through Haywood County Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 452.6789.

  • For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 1.888.892.1162; access the web sites www.nc211.org or www.haywoodconnections.org. Visitors to the Haywood Connections site will find a comprehensive service directory, a calendar, news items and social, recreational, health and wellness activities. If you still cannot find the information you seek, call 452.2370.

  • Senior balance classes focusing on stretching, free-hand exercises, weight training, discussions on nutrition, stress and medicines are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • Senior fitness classes are held from 9:05 to 10:05 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Senior Games are held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Community Building on U.S. 441 in Franklin. 349.2090.

  • Senior Line Dancing is held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Macon County Community Building on U.S. 441 in Franklin. 349.2090.

  • Silver Sneakers, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • Stretch and Walk, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Get the body moving by using general stretching, chair exercises, stretch bands and hand weights. The class includes 15 minutes of walking before or after class. Held at the Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • The Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva hosts several events each week. For more information call 5864944.

  • Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of N.C meet at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Canton Library. Call Paula, 648.5205.

  • Zumba Gold is a new Latin aerobic dance class designed for senior citizens. 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Free to center members or $21 for non-members. 456.2030.

 

Kids & Families

Seasonal Activities

  • Parents as Teachers play group: "Kids in the Kitchen." July 27. A summer playgroup for children birth through kindergarten offered by KARE. Meet at the KARE House from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with a guest from the NC Cooperative Extension to create healthy snacks. For ages 3-5. Call 456.8995 to register.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents "A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine" July 23-27, 29 and Aug. 1. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite character engine and celebrate his 65th birthday. The approximately 25-minute train ride will depart every 45 minutes 10 a.m. through 2:45 p.m. daily, and 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18 for ages two and up. 866.468.7630.

  • Cherokee Children's Theater now open through July 31. The Cherokee Historical Association opened the Cherokee Little Theater located at the Mountainside Theater. Cherokee legends come alive for children. Program length is approximately 1 hour and is presented Thursday-Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. 866.554.4557.

  • The annual 4-H Farm to Fork camp will be held Aug. 3 - 5. Campers will go through the entire process of farm to fork in a variety of hands-on activities including farm tours, visits to farmers markets to the creation of jam. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mountain Research Station, located across from the Haywood County Extension Office in Waynesville. Cost of the three day camp is $35 dollars per youth. Register at 456.3575.

  • Parents as Teachers play group: "Let's Go Camping." Aug. 3. A summer playgroup for children birth through kindergarten offered by KARE. Meet at the Waynesville Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 3 to 5 p.m. 456.8995.

  • Summer Camp at Cullowhee United Methodist Church. Registration is on-going for a day camp for ages 6 to 12 years old. The cost of the program will be $500 for the whole summer, $90 per week, or $25 per day. Space is limited, please contact 293.9215.

  • Lake Junaluska Summer Day Camp. Through Aug. 6, registration now underway. Summer day camps will offer Christian learning and outdoor activities with a different theme each week. Open week days for full or half day for ages two years old through sixth grade. More information about these programs, cost, registration, activities, and leaders can be found at www.lakejunaluska.com/children or 454.6681.

  • The 9th annual Talking Trees Trout Derby at the Oconaluftee Islands Park in Cherokee will be Aug. 7. Featuring Fly- tying, exhibitions, fish cleaning stations, food, music door prizes and trophies. The derby is free for children ages 11 and under. Call 497.8122 for more information.

  • The Waynesville Recreation Center offers a half-day summer camp on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Parents may sign their children up either from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $12.50 per camper or $100 for a week. Register at 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Parenting

  • Class: "Love and Logic." Begins July 27. Parenting skills course designed by Love and Logic Institute, Inc. for parents with children of any age at the Jackson County Family Resource Center. Childcare available if needed. The class will meet Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a light meal provided at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 586.2845.

 

Get Active

  • Challenger Sports and Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer a British Soccer Camp July 26-30. The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger's British coaching staff. Camp held daily at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Times and costs vary by age. Sign up at www.challengersports.com or contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or Ben Cook at 877.263.7909.

  • Folkmoot USA Kid's Fun Run. July 31. One-Mile Fun Run for ages 15 and under scheduled to follow the 5K Run/Walk. Run starts at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. $8 advance, $10 on Race Day. Register by contacting Race Manager Scot Worley, 452.6789, or the Folkmoot Offices, 877.365.5872.

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a "Learn to Golf" program for kids Aug. 3 - 4. The program is for boys and girls ages 10 to 16 with limited or no golf experience. Students will meet at the Junaluska Driving Range at 9 a.m. on Aug. 3 and at the Iron Tree Golf course on Aug 4 at 9 a.m. The cost is $25. Register at 456.9207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Little People Yoga Class at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Eight week class for ages 3-8 offered by the Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department. Cost is $20 for members and $27 for non-members. Class size is limited. For more information and class times call the Recreation/Parks Department at 293.3053.

  • The Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department will offer another session of Stroller Motion for 8 weeks through August. Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Recreation Complex in Cullowhee. Registration begins May 24 and is limited to the first 15 participants. Call 293.3053 for more information.

  • Children's spring and summer swim classes will be offered at WCU throughout the summer. Classes are available for children ages 6 months and up, in different sessions. Taught by long-time swim instructor Michael Creason. For more information or to register, visit http://learn.wcu.edu, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 227.7397 or toll-free 800.928.4968.

  • Youth Fitness is offered at The Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings. This program is free to fitness center members, and is available to non-members by purchasing an eight-visit punch card for $20. 452.8056.

  • Fitkidz classes are held at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. Toddler Time is on Tuesdays from 9-10:15 a.m. for ages 1-3. Pre-ballet is on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 3-5. 452.8080.

  • Kid-Fit Classes for Preschoolers are held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays so children can learn about various body systems through a balanced exercise class moving to popular children's music. 456.2030.

 

Arts

  • Kindermusik classes are offered in Cullowhee and Waynesville for ages newborn to seven years. Call Lori Richards at The Music Village 293.5600 to try a free class or visit www.themusicvillage-nc.com.

  • Saturday Art School - Kindergartners through eighth graders are welcome Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon for fun, hands-on, age-appropriate "art school." Cost is $64 for an eight-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 526.4949 ext. 100.

  • After School Classes -- Susan Nastasic teaches this ongoing study for elementary-age students, kindergarten through sixth grade, Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. $40 for 8-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

  • Preschool Creativity Classes for Parent and Child (Ages 2 1/2-5). Wednesdays from 11-11:45 am, instructor Katy Calloway will introduce the very young to art activities designed to develop creativity. Basic skill lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling, sculpturing and painting. Parent participation is required. $40 for 8-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

  • Studio 598. Kid's sewing/needlecraft class Saturdays 10 am. to noon, 598 W. Main Street Sylva, NC 28779. 587.7899.

 

Nature

  • Family Night on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Soaring through Summer. July 22. Information about birds and their flight and instruction on making wind-play items such as kites and bubble makers. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384 in Asheville. Free, but registration is required at: 298.5330, ext. 304.

  • Turtles program at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. July 23. Come join PCWE staff as we learn about one of our most interesting reptiles and why they are important to our ecosystems. Ages 4-7. 1 to 3 p.m. at the center in Pisgah Forest. Register at 877.4423.

  • Nature Nuts: Stream Investigation. Aug. 3, 10, 16. Offered at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Explore the Davidson River looking for macro invertebrates. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 16. 877.4423.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a Children's Walk on the Greenway on Aug. 11. Children's book reading followed by an exploration of Suli Marsh in Macon County. Meet at Big Bear Shelter at 9 a.m. Parents are requested to accompany children. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway's Kids on Parks program lets kids borrow an explorer's backpack stuffed with things like binoculars, field guides, a bug discovery kit, magnifying glasses, a nature journal and a first aid kit to turn an ordinary hike into a discovery filled adventure. Free. Located at the visitor center on the Parkway outside Asheville at milepost 384. 271.4779 ext. 246.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a line-up of Junior Ranger programs this summer based at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the N.C. entrance to the park. Schedule includes: Make a Corn Shuck doll at 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Survival in the Smokies at 3:30 p.m. Mondays; Wildlife of the Smokies from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Fridays; Stream Splashers at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays; and more. A guided 1.5-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail for Junior Rangers is held Mondays at 11 a.m. from the Clingman's Dome parking lot. More at www.nps.gov/grsm.

  • Kids can get their Junior Ranger badge at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park by completing an age-appropriate activity booklet with other interactive tasks and games available at the visitor center. Check the schedule of events for more at www.nps.gov/grsm.

  • Animal Feeding, Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon. Come and observe what each of the Nature Center's animals eat and learn how they feed. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Family Nature Activity, Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., ages 4 and up. Activities vary, but may include critter searches, discovery walks, or nature games. $1 per person. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Featured Creature, Saturdays, 11:30 to noon. Come and learn more about one of the Nature Center's live animals up close. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Nature Show & Tell/Storytime, Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3 p.m. Come for a nature lesson based around a children's storybook using items from the Nature Center. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Wee Naturalist Classes. Held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning the third week of August 2010 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Preschoolers learn about trees, birds, bears, bugs, raindrops and much more. Each class might include a physical activity, critter visits, puppets, songs, art time, stories, and short nature walks. Children ages 2-5 only. $5 per child, per class. 665.2492.

 

Literary

  • Children's story time at City Lights in Sylva. July 24. Jackson County resident Josie Williams will be the guest storyteller who will read from the book, "Shert: Goes to the Park" with held from Shert the hand puppet. 11 a.m. 586.9499.

  • The Marianna Black Library will offer summer reading programs for preschool children through young adults through July 29. Preschool children meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; elementary children meet on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; teens meet on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Family night will be on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. 488.3030.

  • The Jackson County Library Books for Bricks Challenge runs through Aug. 13. A popular summer reading challenge for children pre-K through seventh grade that encourages children to read books (or be read to), gather sponsors, and collect from the sponsors $1 or more for each book read. To join that challenge, contact the children's librarian at 586.2016.

 

• Children's Story Time. July 24. With Guest Author Josie Williams. 11 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Book Babies story time at Blue Ridge Books will be July 27 at 10 a.m. for children 3 years old and younger. 456.6000.

  • Adventures in Reading is held at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The program lasts about 1.5-2 hours and includes the reading of a story, a snack and craft. Swain County Family Resource Center. 488.7505.

  • Mondays With Miss Lisa are held at 3:30 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. For grades K-5. Special guests and crafts. Adult accompaniment required. 452.5169.

  • Family Story Time is held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Canton Public Library, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Fines Creek Library, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For families with multiple siblings. Stories and crafts. 452.5169.

  • Baby Rhyme Time is held at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Waynesville Public Library. Ages birth-12 months. 15 minutes of story time with songs and books. 452.5169.

  • "Ones" Upon a Time is held at 11 a.m. on Mondays at the Waynesville Public Library. 20 minutes of story time for ages 12-24 months. Songs and movement. 452.519.

  • Ready 4 Learning is held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For ages 4-5, focuses on Kindergarten readiness. 452.519.

  • Movers and Shakers is held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For ages 2-3. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.519.

  • Story Time for Ages birth-age 5 is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

  • Spring Story Time (birth - age 5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The time begins with a reading in Spanish by a volunteer followed by a story and activity. The pre-literacy skill focus for this group is vocabulary development.586.2016.

  • The American Girls Club meets at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The club is based on a book series about historical women. Club members read and do activities. Free. 586.9499.

  • Pre-School Story Time (ages 3-5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

  • Toddler Story Time (ages 18 mos-3) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

  • Pre-School Story Time (ages 3-5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031.

  • The Marianna Black Library Preschool Storytime (AGES 3-5) is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime focuses on early learning skills such as rhyming, matching, counting and more. The children will also enjoy a make and take craft activity each week.

  • Dial-A-Story is available to all ages through the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Hear Miss Christine tell stories (a new one each week) just by calling 488.9412.

 

Political Group Events & Local Government

  • US Congressional candidate Jeff Miller will be the special guest at the Haywood County 9/12 Project Saturday Tea Party Pancake Breakfast on July 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Headlights in Waynesville. Breakfast is $5.50. www.912WNC.COM.

  • The Jackson County GOP will meet July 26 for a general membership meeting at Ryans in Sylva. 586.9895 or 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

  • Haywood Progressives meet the second Thursday of each month at Angelo's Pizza's bar in Waynesville at 5:30 p.m. for drinks, good food and to network and organize with other progressives. 280.7599.

  • Haywood County Republicans meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in various locations and for breakfast on the fourth Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Lake Junaluska Shoney's. Call 452.2207 for more info.

 

  • Haywood County Republican Women's Club meets monthly at various locations. Call 283.1639 for more info. Online at www.HaywoodCountyRepublicanWomen.com.

  • Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street in Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com.

  • Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street in Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com.

  • Jackson County Republican organization meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the third

Monday of each month at 482 W. Main St. in Sylva. 586.9895.

  • A TEA Party group meets in Franklin on the third Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. at the 441 Diner in Otto. Mountainpatriotsteaparty.info.

  • The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Meeting includes lunch and a guest speaker. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.

  • The Macon County Democratic Women's Club meet at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. All women are encouraged to attend. Contact Sarah Wilks at 349.1792 for more information.

  • Bryson City Aldermen - First Monday of each month. 6 p.m. Town Hall. 488.3335.

  • Canton Aldermen - Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Town Hall. 5:30 p.m. 648.2363.

  • Cherokee Tribal Council - First Thursday of each month. 8:30 a.m. 497.2771.

  • Clyde Aldermen - Second Wednesday of each month. Town Hall. 4 p.m. 627.2566.

  • Franklin Aldermen - First Monday of each month. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

  • Haywood County Commissioners - Third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and on the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. County courthouse. 452.6625.

  • Highlands Aldermen - First and third Wednesday. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

  • Jackson County Commissioners - First and third Monday of each month. 6:30 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.

  • Macon County Commissioners - Second Monday at 6 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 2 p.m. in commissioners' boardroom. County courthouse. 349.2025.

  • Maggie Valley Aldermen - Third Tuesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 926.0866.

  • Swain County Commissioners - Second and fourth Monday of each month. 7 p.m. Administration Building. 488.9273.

  • Sylva Aldermen - First Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. and third Thursday at 10 a.m. Town Hall. 586.2719.

  • Waynesville Aldermen - Second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 456.3515.

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

  • Waynesville ABC Commission - Second Tuesday of each month. 10 a.m. ABC Board Office at 373 Walnut Street. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Board of Adjustment - First Tuesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Community Appearance Commission - First Wednesday of each month. 9 a.m. Town Hall. 452.0401.

  • Waynesville Firemen's Relief Fund Board - Meetings held as needed. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission - First Wednesday of each month. 2 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Planning Board - Third Monday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Public Art Commission - Second Thursday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission - Second Tuesday of each month. 6:30 p.m. Recreation Center on Vance Street. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Housing Authority - First Wednesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. at 65 Church Street. 452.2491.

 

Jackson

  • Cashiers Area Community Planning Council - 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.

  • Cashiers Design Review Board - Noon the first Wednesday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

  • Jackson County Greenway Commission - Second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 p.m. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 293.3053.

 

  • Jackson County Planning Board - Second Thursday of the month. 6 p.m. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 631.2261.

 

Macon

  • Macon Planning Board - Third Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center.

  • Franklin Board of Adjustment - Second Tuesday of each month. 3 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

  • Franklin Planning Board - Third Tuesday of each month. 12 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

  • Highlands Planning Board and Appearance Commission - Fourth Monday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

  • Highlands Zoning Board - Second Wednesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

 

Swain

  • Board of Elections - Third Wednesday of each month. 10 a.m. Administration Building. 488.6177.

  • Board of Health - First Tuesday of each month. 6:30 p.m. 545 Center Street. 488.3198.

  • Economic Development Commission - Fourth Tuesday of each month. 7:30 p.m. Administration Building. 488.9273.

 

Federal & State Government

  • Rep. Heath Shuler, D - 11th District. Cannon House Office Building 512, Washington, D.C. 20515, (p) 202.225.6401; 356 Biltmore Ave. Suite 400, Asheville, N.C. 28801, (p) 252.1651, www.shuler.house.gov.

  • Sen. Kay Hagan, D - B40A Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202.224.6342; 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, N.C., 27601; (p)919.856.4630 or 877.852.9462.

  • Sen. Richard Burr, R - 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202.224.3154. Asheville: Federal Building, 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, N.C., 28801. 350.2437.

 

N.C. House

  • Phil Haire, D-Sylva - District 119: Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain. 419B Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.715.3005; PO Box 727, Sylva, N.C., 28779-0248, (p) 586.1771, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill - District 118: Haywood, Macon, Yancey. 2213 Legislative Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.733.5732; 133 Quail Ridge Rd., Mars Hill, N.C. 28754, (p) 689.2214, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Roger West, R-Marble - District 120: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon. 1004 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.733.5859; PO Box 160, Marble, N.C., 28790, (p) 837.5246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

N.C. Senate

  • John Snow, D-Murphy - District 50: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania. 517 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925, (p) 919.733.5875. 105 Van Horn St., Murphy, N.C. 28906, (p) 837.5052, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville - District 47: Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, McDowell. 1121 Legislative Building, 16. W. Jones St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808, (p) 919.733.3460; 71 Pigeon Street, Waynesville, NC 28786, (p) 452.1688, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Governor

  • Beverly Perdue - 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-0301, governor.state.nc.us/email.

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings

Haywood

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice & Palliative Care will host a bridge luncheon from on July 24. Those who do not play bridge can bring a friend and play a card game of their choice. 12 to 4:30 p.m. at Waynesville First Presbyterian Church. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and a chance to win one of several door prizes. For reservations, call Glenda White at 235.1897 by July 19.

  • The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet July 27. Following the business meeting, there will be a presentation on the highlights of the Cold Mountain Heritage Tour. 7 p.m. at the Shook House in Clyde. 627.9828.

  • American Legion Varner-Rhinehart Post No. 61 meets the fourth Saturday of each month at the Legion Building on Short Street in Canton. Coffee and fellowship begins at 8:30 a.m., business meeting at 9 a.m.

  • Maggie Mountain Bingo Bonanza. Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall June-August. Food available starting at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. 926.8021.

  • Christian Motorcyclists Association meets the first Thursday of the month at Sagebrush Steakhouse Russ Ave. Waynesville, 6 p.m. for supper and 7 p.m. the meeting begins.

  • The Crabtree, Iron Duff, Hyder Mountain Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Community Center on Tommy Boyd Road. All welcome. Contact Susan Kumpf at 627.8008.

  • Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. ACBL sanctioned games. 456.3581.

  • Haywood County Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Haywood County Emergency Operations Center on Miller Street (behind the County Court House). All interested parties, licensed Hams or not, are invited to attend. The group also meets for a social breakfast on Saturday mornings 8 a.m. at Connie's Kitchen restaurant in Hazelwood. Social lunch meetings are held at Sagebrush Restaurant on Russ Avenue. For additional information contact Bill Harmon at 452.9351 or on the radio repeater (147.39 +).

  • The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club will offer free classes for individuals interested in getting an amateur radio license. When you finish the class, you can take the 35 question test, administered locally by the ham club members. Call 627.2558 for more information, or to register for the upcoming classes.

  • Haywood County Newcomers Club meets at 11 a.m. every third Tuesday. Call Terry Rose for location. 452.9768.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at Laurel Ridge Country Club.

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart, WNC Chapter #844, meets at noon on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Waynesville. 452.4075.

  • The Smoky Mountain Button Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Monday of each month, May thru December at Antique Antics, 1497 So. Main Street Waynesville. All persons interested in learning about antique and vintage sewing buttons are welcome to attend. Please call the shop at 452.6225 for additional information.

  • Social Motorcycle Rides are held on Wednesday evenings departing at 6:30 p.m. Meet at Mountaineer Restaurant on Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 926.1730.

  • Thursday Night Bingo is held at the Canton VFW. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with games at 6 p.m. and package games at 7 p.m. All welcome. 648.1133.

  • Waynesville Chess Club meets each Monday 1 to 3 p.m. at the Waynesville Library. There is no cost, and instruction is available. 648.5739.

  • 9-12 Project members meet at noon on Wednesdays in the basement of the BB&T building in Waynesville. Group focuses on legislation and national leadership. 648.7370.

 

Jackson

  • The annual public meeting of the Friends of the Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library will be held on July 6 at 3 p. m. in the Library Meeting Room. The agenda will include a vote on the annual budget and reports by the president and committee chairs.

  • Friends of the Library annual meeting. July 8. This is a dinner meeting and will be catered by Blackrock Barbeque and Grill. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric Hendrix will provide a program of his own compositions. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the main pavilion in the Jackson County Recreation Park on Speedwell Road in Cullowhee. Kindly RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to attend.

  • Jackson County storyteller Gary Carden will be the guest speaker for the July 8 meeting of the Jackson County Genealogical Society. The public is invited to join the fun and entertaining good times. 7 p.m. in the society's office at 42 Asheville Hwy. in Sylva. 631.2646 or www.jcngs.com.

  • Bridges to Community meets at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Sylva Town Hall. 586.5210.

  • Caney Fork Community Development Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Saturday every month. Potluck dinner followed by a program and/or a business meeting. All meetings are held at the Caney Fork Community building on Caney Fork Road.

  • Cashiers Valley Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. each Wednesday at Cashiers United Methodist Church. The church is located approximately one mile south of the Crossroads on N.C. Hwy. 107.

  • Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit heritage organization, meets every month in its members' homes. Contact Amy Ammons Garza at 631.4587.

  • Community Response for Energy Action and Transition Education (CREATE) meets at 6 p.m. at The Underground in Sylva every 2nd and 4th Thursday to discuss how to deal with high energy costs and the future decline in energy supplies, to CREATE a plan for a less energy intensive approach to transportation, heating and our food needs, and to education people about the alternatives.

  • Downtown Sylva Association meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Town Hall. 586.1577.

  • Glenville Community Development Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the CDC building.

  • Jackson County Arts Council meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at 604 Main St. 293.3407.

  • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets at 11:45 a.m. the third Wednesday of most months in the Hooper House at 773 W. Main St. 586.2155.

  • Jackson County Homebuilders Association holds its monthly membership meeting the first Monday of each month (except in September and December). 743.0278.

  • Jackson County Travel and Tourism Authority meets at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of most months at the Hooper House at 773 W. Main St. 586.2155.

  • The Caney Fork Community Social Card Club meets at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Community Center. Play Hand & Foot. If you don't know the game, they'll teach you. Call Ann Whitney at 293.9826 or Sheila Rodgers at 293.0678.

  • Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a work session, and at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month to take action. Meetings are held at the TWSA office on Main Street in Sylva.

  • Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River usually meets the fourth Monday at a location in Sylva. Call 488.8418 for details.

  • WestCare Health System offers free information on living wills 9 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month in the lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. The living will document "Five Wishes" and a notary is available at no charge. For more information call 586.7748.

  • WNC Civil War Round Table meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Justice Center in Sylva on the second floor. 452.2298.

 

Macon

  • Boy Scout Troop 202 meets on Mondays 6-7:30 p.m. at the Slagle Building in downtown Franklin. All boys age 11-17 are welcome. Upcoming events include a weekend Canoe Float, summer camp, and a cycling trip on the C&O Canal towpath. For more information, call Danny Gibson at 369.9703.

  • Concerned Citizens of Macon County meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the community facilities building on Georgia Road. Public invited.

  • Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. each Wednesday at the community building. 369.9284.

  • Friends for Life spay/neuter program offers spay or neuter service for $20 per animal. Call 508.2460 for reservations.

  • Gem City Forum Toastmaster Club of Franklin meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Prudential Building. 586.1761 or gemcityforum.org.

  • Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 7339, located on West Palmer Street in Franklin, holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

  • Macon County Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) meets the second Thursday of each month at Prime Sirloin Restaurant at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. All motorcyclists are welcome. Cliff Cyphers at 369.8060.

  • Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds Alumni Building.

  • P.E.O. Franklin Chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month. Philanthropic Educational Organization is a sisterhood that helps with the education of women. Individuals need to be a member to attend the meetings, call Jane Huffman at 349.3826 or Nancy Ewing 706.746.5199.

  • Smoky Mountain Shrine Club holds its monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at its building at 833 Bethel Church Rd., contact Ed Waters at 524.5576.

  • The Franklin Area Civitan Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month, at noon at the Boiler Room at The Fun Factory. For information, call Guy or Charlotte Grant at Bryant Funeral Home 524.2411.

  • The Franklin Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. The second and fourth Monday of each month at the Macon County Community Facilities Building. Club president Dave Jones at 349.5357. All proceeds from the club's work stays in Franklin.

  • The Franklin Walking Club meets at 10 a.m. every Saturday (weather permitting) at the Tassee picnic shelter on the Greenway at the corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive. All fitness levels are welcome, call Linda at 421.7613.

  • The Fraternal Order of Police meets in the fellowship hall at Holly Springs Baptist Church (new building) at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. A light meal will be served. John O'Connor 349.0698.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Franklin meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Fat Buddies.

  • The Macon County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the extension office located on Thomas Heights Road next to Jim Brown Chrysler on Highlands Road. New members are welcome.

  • The Macon County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday night of each month at the Macon County Agricultural Extension Office located on Thomas Heights Drive in Franklin.

  • The Nantahala Rangers Camp #1839 of Franklin, a camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, meet the second Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Sunset Restaurant in Franklin. David Blaine at 369.7885.

  • The Smoky Mountain Flying Club meets at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Macon County Airport. Anyone interested in aviation is invited. For more information contact the Club President Tom Hagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.smokymtnflyingclub.com.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7339 meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the post home on West Palmer Street in Franklin.

  • Zonta Club of Franklin meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Party Zone. Zonta is an international non-profit women's club working for local charities. 369.5888.

 

Swain

  • Cherokee Toastmasters club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday at Prime Sirloin Family Steakhouse across from Harrah's. 497.5550 or 497.3521.

 

Support Groups

Haywood

  • Al-Anon meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church at 4192 Soco Rd. 926.8036.

  • Al-Anon, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at 8 p.m. each Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St. Use Miller Street entrance. 926.8721.

  • Alzheimer's Association meets at 4:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville and at 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Silver Bluff Care Center in Canton. 254.7363.

  • Caregiver's Support Group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. A peaceful non-judgmental environment to talk about co

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Festivals, Special & Seasonal Events

  • Macon County Gemboree in Franklin. July 22-25. Fine jewelry, rough and cut gemstones, minerals, fossils and more. Adults $3, Children 12 and under free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 888.337.7529.

  • Folkmoot USA in Waynesville and throughout WNC. July 22-Aug. 1. North Carolina's Official International Festival held each summer across Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by performers from 10 to 12 countries. For a complete list of events and performances and for tickets, visit www.folkmootusa.org or call 452.2997.

  • Mountain street dances in downtown Waynesville. July 23, Aug. 6. Old-fashioned mountain hoe down with live music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Bring a chair or blanket to the front of the historic courthouse. 6:30 to 9 p.m. No pets allowed. 828.456.3517.

  • Folkmoot Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville. July 23. International parade that helps start off the Folkmoot USA Festival. 1 p.m. on Main Street. 452.2997, www.folkmootusa.org.

  • Folkmoot International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville. July 31. International festival featuring performances, crafts, music and food from around the world. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 452.2997.

  • Sylva After Dark. First Friday of every month through Dec. Take an evening stroll through downtown Sylva to enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. 6 to 9 p.m. www.downtownsylva.org/sylva-after-dark.

  • 83rd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Aug. 5-7. The nation's longest running folk festival. The best of the region's old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, and more. 7 p.m. nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; Adult 3-night package $54. 257.4530 or www.folkheritage.org.

  • Annual Mountain Mater Fest. Aug. 6-8. A festival in historic downtown Canton 6 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday. A celebration of summer's tomato harvest. A fun weekend of food, crafts, antiques, live music and dancing. 648.8275

  • Asheville Antiques Fair. Aug. 6-8. The 64th Asheville Antiques Fair is the oldest Antiques Fair in the South. Held at the Asheville Civic Center. For more information visit, www.ashevilleantiquesfair.com

  • Mountain Street Dance in Waynesville. Aug. 6. An old fashioned mountain hoe down with clogging and square dancing. 6:30 to 9 p.m. 456.3517.

  • Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival. Aug. 13-14. The festival was selected as one of 25 stops for the Kansas City Barbeque Society Great American BBQ Tour. The two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment, a crafters village and tastin' tent. Held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located at 1436 Georgia Road, Franklin. 524.3161 or visit www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com.

  • Mountain Heritage Day 2010 is seeking vendors for its 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day on the campus of Western Carolina University on Saturday, September 25. Information may be found at www.mountainheritageday.com.

 

Opportunities for Artists

  • The Storytelling Center in Bryson City is looking for quilters or people who want to learn to quilt to participate in a quilting bee an hour or two a month. If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Tim Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 488.5705.

  • Craft artists are invited to submit digital images of their work by July 19 to be considered for inclusion in The Bascom's juried exhibition "American Craft Today." This national competition and exhibition will feature original works in all craft media. Cash awards will be made for various categories including best in show. Guidelines available at www.thebascom.org/exhibitions. 526.4949.

  • The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of the Broadway musical "Buddy Holly" July 25, 26 at 6:30 p.m. The production is being directed by Steve Lloyd and will open on Sept. 24. Singing and non-singing roles are available.

  • The deadline for submission to the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge is July 31. Regional arts are encouraged to submit their applications early to be a part of the event scheduled for Oct. 23. Go to www.spiritofappalachia.org to download applications or call 293.2239.

  • The deadline for submission to Haywood Community College's Film & Video Production Technology screenwriting contest is Aug. 5. Send electronic copies in .fdr (Final Draft) or .pdf formats to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Send hard copies to Haywood Community College, Film & Video Production Technology, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721. For contest rules, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Artists needed to participate in the Youth Art Festival on Sept. 18. The festival will be held at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro and is free and open to the public. All demonstrating artists are welcome to sell their work from their booth. Space is limited. For more information contact Carrie Blaskowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 631.0271.

 

On Stage & In Concert

  • Ultimate Elvis Competition at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel Entertainment Lounge. July 22-24. Finals are July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. 497.7777.

  • Folkmoot USA Gala Preview Performance. July 22. Performance by Folkmoot participants exclusively for festival donors. 7:30 p.m. at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley. For more information on being a donor, call 452.2997.

  • Mountain dulcimer concert. July 22. A group of award-winning mountain dulcimer players, including several national champion musicians, will present a concert of at WCU's Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and children, available at www.wcu.edu/fapac. 227.2479.

  • The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse. July 22-Aug. 8. Comedic musical theater performance. 526.2695.

  • The Marianna Black Library will present the Celtic band Bean Sidhe on July 22 at 7 p.m. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

  • Young Artist's Harp Seminar Solo Recital is July 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Held at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in North Georgia. 215.837.2834, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404.643.7871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival concert at the Highands Performing Arts Center. July 23, 25. "All in the Family," performances by the sibling team the Ransoms and the Albers Trio. 6 p.m. on July 23, 5 p.m. on July 25. Ticket information available at 526.9060.

  • Concerts on the Creek in Sylva. July 23. Concert features The Smoky Mountain Brass Quartet. Musicians are invited to bring along brass instruments and join in for two songs. Concerts are held every Friday through Sept. 3. Free, live music performed outdoors at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 7 to 9 p.m. 586.1577, www.downtownsylva.org.

  • Grovin' on the Green Friday night concert series at the Village Commons in Cashiers features Hurricane Creek on July 23. 226.3175.

  • Play: "12 Angry Jurors" at the Smoky Mountain Community Theater in Bryson City. July 23, 24, 25 and 26. Written by Reginald Rose and Directed by Toby Allman. All performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. 488.8103.

  • Young Artist's Harp Seminar Gala Finale. July 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. Held at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in North Georgia. 215.837.2834, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404.643.7871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center presents "An Appalachian Evening" featuring The Dismembered Tennesseans. July 24. Show at 7:30 p.m. Roasted Pork Loin Dinner at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations required at 479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features the Caribbean Cowboys on July 24. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Laura Boosinger will perform music of the Southern Mountains July 25 as part of the Songcatchers Music Series at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest, Highway 276 near Brevard. 4 p.m. $6 for adults, $3 for youth ages 4-15. 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org.

  • Folkmoot USA will have performances July 27 by the "The Folklore Group of Faro" from Portugal and the "Absolutely Legless" Irish dancers at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $16 for adults, half price for 12 and under. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com or 479.3364.

  • Grovin' on the Green Friday night concert series at the Village Commons in Cashiers features Nikki Talley on July 30. 226.3175.

  • Concerts on the Creek in Sylva. July 30. Concert features Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway. Concerts are held every Friday through Sept. 3. Free, live music performed outdoors at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 7 to 9 p.m. 586.1577, www.downtownsylva.org.

  • The Liquid Ginger Band will perform July 30 on the deck of the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort. 7 to 10 p.m.. 498.2106.

  • The Angie Toomey & Friends "Make-A-Wish" Benefit Show will be held July 30 at Carolina Nights Dinner Theatre in Maggie Valley Dinner at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $25. 926.8822. or 627.9310.

  • Terry Lee and the GT's will perform July 30 in the Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel. 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 497.7777.

  • Live music by MacKenzie Wilson at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. July 31 at 6:30 p.m. 456.6000.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features the Carolina Bluegrass Band on July 31. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Folkmoot Candelight Closing at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Aug. 1. 7 p.m. performance. Call 452.2997 for ticket information.

  • The Haywood Arts Regional Theater presents the musical "Chicago" on weekends through Aug. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $22 for adults with discounts for students and seniors. 456.6322 or www.harttheatre.com.

  • An Evening with the Cherokee. Through Aug. 15. Gather at the Square Grounds inside the Oconaluftee Indian Village for an exclusive limited ticket event where you will see traditional dancing, story telling and music. Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 for children. 866.554.4557.

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center presents "An Appalachian Evening" featuring Dehlia Low. July 31. Show at 7:30 p.m. Fried Catfish Dinner at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations required at 479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • The popular play, "The Prince of Dark Corners," by famed local author and story teller, Gary Carden, will be showcased in a special performance on July 31 at the historic Rickman Store in Macon County's Cowee Valley at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and are $15, available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and at the Rickman Store on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features The Rye Holler Boys on Aug. 7. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • WCU's Ramsey Regional Activity Center will host a concert by modern country artist Corey Smith Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16. Advanced ticket prices for non-students are $20 for floor seats and $15 for arena seating. 227.7722 or www.wcu.edu/ramsey.

  • Groovin' on the Green in Cashiers. Free summer concert series held Friday evenings at the Village Commons in Cashiers through the summer months. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 743.1630.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City. Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Western Carolina University will host a series of free, outdoor summer concerts featuring a variety of performers. The concerts, sponsored by the A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays on the University Center lawn. All concerts are free and open to the public. The rain location will be in either the University Center Grandroom or Club Illusions. 227.3622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Pickin on the Square is held in downtown Franklin on Saturdays from through Oct. Area of Main Street is closed off with mountain music and dancing. Bring a lawn chair. Open Mike begins at 6:30 p.m. with main entertainment at 7:30 p.m. 349.1212.

  • Spring Street Café will offer live music on Friday and Saturday nights through the summer months. Fridays will feature bluegrass and Saturdays acoustic, jazz, blues and others. See www.springstcafeofsylva.com for a music schedule.

  • Live performances are held in the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands on Friday and Saturday Evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Open to the public. 526.8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.

  • Live entertainment at Fontana Village continues through the summer with a full line up of regional favorites. A complete list of current entertainment is listed at www.FontanaVillage.com. 800.849.2258.

  • The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley offers live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.

  • The Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel will host live Karaoke every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. 497.7777.

  • The Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel will host Dueling Pianos on Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight. 497.7777.

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

  • Art After Dark in downtown Waynesville. Aug. 6. More than a dozen fine galleries and studios remain open until 9 p.m. offering demonstrations, special showings, refreshments and music. Main Street and historic Frog Level section of Waynesville. 6 to 9 p.m. 456.3517.

  • The Haywood County Arts Council's Gallery 86 will hold an exhibit by faculty members in the Professional Crafts Department at Haywood Community College through July 31. Free and open to the public. www.haywoodarts.org.

  • Community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Through July 28. Western North Carolina artists and artisans will exhibit their work ranging from paintings to pottery and more. For hours and additional information, call 488.7843.

  • The recent works of North Carolina potter Sid Luck will be on display in The Bascom's Balcony Gallery through Aug. 8. Exhibits are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 526.4949.

  • The graduating class of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts department will exhibit their best work through Sept. 5 at the 2010 Graduate Show at the Folk Art Center located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. For more information visit www.southernhighlandguild.org.

  • Judaculla Rock Exhibit to open at Mountain Heritage Center. Through July 10. Information about the rock's history, its cultural significance to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and past and current preservation efforts will be on display. 293.3053 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Bascom is open for the 2010 season with five new exhibits. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 5 p.m. Exhibition admission is always free. For more information, call 526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

  • Exhibit: "Motoring the Blue Ridge Parkway." Now open at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. 926.6266, www.WheelsThroughTime.com.

  • Acorn's Boutique at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands will host artist David Arms in a special art showing July 30 through Aug. 1 as part of Old Edwards Inn and Spa's Season of the Arts. 526.8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.

  • Quilt Show: "Quilting New Trails." Aug. 19-21. Quilt show presented by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild at the Communities Facilities Building in Franklin. Event will include door prizes, guild member's boutique, vendors, silent auction, scholarship quilt fund raffle. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is $5 per day or $10 unlimited access. www.smokymtnquilters.org.

  • "Art After Dark" in Downtown Waynesville. Galleries and studios remain open late the first Friday evening each month with demonstrations, artist's receptions, music and more. 6 to 9 p.m.. Call 456.3517.

  • Outdoor Sculptures at the N.C. Arboretum. On display through Feb. 2011. The North Carolina Arboretum will host a new series of outdoor sculpture installations by artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield. The exhibit is titled "Inflorescence," and is inspired by the botanical world. For information, call 665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

  • Close-Up Photography workshop. July 22. This program, designed for the advanced beginner, focuses on equipment and techniques that can help you become more aware of the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Register at 877.4423.

  • Potter Nick Joerling will be the featured artist at a mixer and public reception July 22 in the Atrium at the Bascom in Highlands. Reception at 4:15 p.m. followed by an artist slide lecture at 5 p.m. in The Bascom Library. 526.4949.

  • Bascom workshop: "Pots - Possibilities." July 22-24. Nick Joerling, artist-in-residence, Push, will help students cut, coax and stretch forms and discover various ways of making handles, lids and spouts. Tuition: $325 Bascom members/ $350 non-members (all materials included). Pre-registration is required at 526.4949 or www.thebascom.org.

  • Class: "The Eyes Have It." July 24. Half day of discovering new tools and tricks while producing a pencil rendering of a dog. Held at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin All supplies furnished. $15 members/$30 nonmembers. 349.4607.

  • The Art League of Highlands will host a program July 26 at the Civic Center Recreation Park featuring award-winning Greenville photographer Diane Hughes beginning with a social half hour at 5 p.m. 743.7673.

  • The Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International will present a program on Contemporary Ikenobo Freestyle Design on July 27. Program will include a demonstration and workshop with Japanese instructor Emiko Nishiwaki Suzuki. Plan to bring materials such paper, wire, plastic or other mixed "debris" to combine with a few flowers from your garden. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the auditorium at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 645.6633.

  • Art Class: "Journaling for the Artist." Through July 29. Offered by Haywood Community College Continuing Education program. Taught by local artist Lillian Parks. $60 for the sis-week class. For more information call 565.4244. To register, call 627.4505 or visit www.haywood.edu/continuing_education.

  • Art Class: "Finishing Your Masterpiece." Through July 29. Offered by Haywood Community College Continuing Education program. Taught by local artist Lillian Parks. $60 for the sis-week class. For more information call 565.4244. To register, call 627.4505 or visit www.haywood.edu/continuing_education.

  • The Bascom's workshops and the Art Academy second session runs through July 31. The programs offer educational opportunities that will stimulate creativity and inspire the artist in everyone. The cost per course (four classes per course) is $120 Bascom members/ $125 non-members. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org/artacademy. 526.4949.

  • The Waynesville Recreation Center will host a field photography program every other Tuesday evening through Aug. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Field shoots will be take place every Wednesday at 8 a.m. The Tuesday evening programs are $10 each. The Wednesday field trips are $30 each. Each participant will need to bring their own personal camera of any type. Information and registration available at 456.2030.

  • Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its fifth summer session classes available at half tuition to residents of Western North Carolina. The session runs July 25-Aug. 10 with openings in clay, drawing, glass, metals, printmaking, wood, and a special class for artists in any media. Complete details are available in the summer classes section of the Penland website: www.penland.org. 765.2359, ext 15.

  • Beginning Basket Weaving Workshop. July 29. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Call 479.3364 to register. More information at www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will offer a one-day workshop on July 31 on the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag. A sewing machine in good working condition, preferably with a "walking foot," is required. Cost is $20 if you bring your own materials, or $55 including the fabric and pattern. A material and supplies list will be provided upon registration at 479.3364.

  • International Plein Air Paint Out. Sept. 11. Join other artists to paint on The Bascom campus all day. The day will conclude with an informal (on the easel) exhibition and wine reception in The Bascom's Dave Drake Studio Barn at 4 p.m. For more information, call 526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

 

Film & Screen

  • The Groovy Movie Club shows movies once a month with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Held at a private home. For more information or directions to the screenings, contact John Buckley at 454.5949 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Movies at the Cashiers Library. The library shows movies throughout the month. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are appreciated. For titles and times, visit www.fontanalib.org/cashiers.

  • Movies at the Marianna Black Library. Family movie days are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Classic movies are shown the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. Other films are also shown throughout the month. Movies and popcorn are free to the public. For titles and times, call 488.3030 or visit www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

  • Movies at the Macon County Library. The library shows new movies, documentaries and foreign films every Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and Classic Matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. For movie titles, call 524.3600.

  • The Jackson County Public Library shows free movies on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the library, 586.2016 for more information.

  • Smoky Mountain Cinema in Waynesville shows free family movies on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Cinema is located at 235 Waynesville Plaza. 452.9091.

 

Literary

  • Poetry reading by Brent Martin at the Macon County Library. July 22. Martin will read from his new book of poems "A Shout in the Woods." Presented by the Thursdays at the Library program at 7 p.m. 524.3600 or website at www.fontanalib.org.

  • Seekers of Spirit book club will meet July 22 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss "The Testament of Gideon Mack" by James Robertson at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000.

  • Local storyteller, Gary Carden, will tell his famous Sylva-based story, "Blow the Tannery Whistle" July 27 at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. 586.2016.

  • Dr. Barbara Carlton will autograph copies of her book, "This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country" on July 28 at 2 p. m. in the Friendship Garden at the Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library.

  • The Haywood County Public Library used book sale will be July 29-31 at the Waynesville branch. Over 60,000 books of all types will be available for sale. Sale hours are: July 29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; July 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own bags and boxes. 456.5311.

  • Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host a 2010 DK Star Wars Event on July 31. Activities include games and crafts for children, a trivia contest for all ages, free Star Wars souvenirs for the first 100 participants, and a costume contest. Star Wars characters will be on hand, so bring a camera. 2 p.m. 456.6000.

  • Reading at City Lights. July 31. Author Michael Rivers will read from "Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores." 7 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. Call 456.8428 for meeting location.

  • The Jackson County Public Library is continuing to take donations towards the new library building. The next $65,000 raised will be matched by the Foundation. Every donor will receive a certificate to add to the Wall of Fame that recognizes community donors. Contributions can be made in person at the Friends of the Library Used Book Store, also on Main Street in Sylva, or mailed to: Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 825, Sylva, NC 28779. For more information call Mary Otto Selzer at 293.0074 or 507.0476 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "Thursdays at the Library" is an eclectic mix of programs by authors and musicians on topics designed for enjoyment and education held at the Macon County Library Thursdays at 7 p.m. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.

 

Food & Drink

  • SCC Class: Fun with Fondant and Gumpaste. Thursdays through July 22. This class is designed to teach the more advanced students how to create flowers and accents with detail. Class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson Campus. Class is limited. Pre-register at 586.4091, ext. 4426.

  • Every Friday during the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 15, guests can join concert performers for a prix fixe dinner after the performance at Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. $60 per person. 526.9060.

  • "All in the Family Feast" benefit dinner for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. July 25. A rare opportunity to share an evening with Festival musicians The Albers Trio at a private home with a gourmet dinner beginning at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $100 per person. Make reservations at 526.9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Feast to support the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival: "An Evening with Julia." July 31. An unforgettable celebration of the works of Julia Child Cost is $125 per person. 7 p.m. at a private home. Make reservations at 526.9060.

  • "Maine meets the Mountains" lobster feast to benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Aug. 4. Hosted by David and Marsha Snyder at 6 p.m. at the Continental Cliffs. Cost is $150 per person. 526.9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Food and Beer Pairing Sessions are held on the first Friday of each month at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. 5 to 8 p.m. Each month a restaurant is invited to share a sample from their menu selections.

 

Dance

  • The Pisgah Promenaders Square Dance Club will celebrate summer with a western style square dance July 24. The dance will feature guest caller Jim Cosman. Round dancing will begin at 6:45 p.m., square dance from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Held at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. 631.0683.

  • Class: Beginning Clogging. Thursdays through July 29. Offered as a personal enrichment class by Southwestern Community College. Class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Swain center. Class is limited and cost is $29. 488.6413.

  • A line dance class meets Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Contact instructor Laura Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 734.2113 for details.

  • Social dance classes, including ballroom, Latin, country, swing and blues meets Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. No partner needed. Contact Michael Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Laura Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734.2113.

  • Ballroom Dancing is held every Monday with a beginner class at 6 p.m. and intermediate class at 8 p.m. $15 single, $20 couple. Smoky Mountain Dance Center in Waynesville. 734.8804.

  • Salsa Dancing is held on Thursday nights at Ceviche's on Main Street in Waynesville. 6:30 p.m. introductory lesson, dance from 7 to 9 p.m. 734.8804.

  • Salsa Dancing is held on Friday nights at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. $7 for 1 hour or $10 for 2 hours. For more information on the class, call Rosa Lirely at 399.9030 or the WRC at 456.9207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Arts Group Meetings

  • Extension and Community Association group Craft Club Workshop: Chairbottoming and Chair Caning. July 22 and 23. 9 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

  • The Anime club will meet July 24 from 11 .m. to 3 p.m. at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Several anime shows are featured each week. 488.3030.

  • Sew Easy Girls Extension and Community Association group meeting. July 26. 1 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

  • The Art League of Highlands monthly meeting will be held on July 26 featuring photographer Diane Hughs. Program begins at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Recreation Park in Highlands. 743.7673.

  • Thursday Painters meet at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your project and a bag lunch and join us for a day of creativity and fun.

All artists are welcome. 349.4607.

  • Plein Aire painting group. Macon Co Art Association and Uptown Gallery in Franklin invites all artists to join their Plein Aire painting group. Meet at the gallery, bring your lunch, and paint the beautiful gardens in downtown Franklin. Call 369.0356 for more information.

 

Music Jams

  • Music Jams at the Rickman Store. Friday afternoons through the summer months. Everyone is invited to join and enjoy the tunes of the talented local musicians. Held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the historic Rickman Store, located in the heart of the Cowee-West's Mill Historic District, seven miles north of Franklin by Hwy. NC 28, next to Cowee Elementary School.

  • Community Drum Circle and Music in Dillsboro. Second Saturday of each month through Nov. Join at the Dillsboro Depot for live music. 5 to 9 p.m. 586.5700.

  • Community music jams are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. All are invited to come with anything unplugged. 488.3030.

  • Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University are held the first Thursday of the month. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in the jam session that will follow the group's performance. 7 to 9 p.m. 227.7129.

  • Pickin' In The Park in Canton. Live music every Friday from June through Sept. at the Canton Recreation Park at 7 p.m. 646.3412.

 

Music Makers

  • A new signing choir begins rehearsals from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Sign language used in connection with song. Open to all willing to learn. 476.4231.

  • Goldenaires singing group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Singers need not be seniors to join. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Haywood Community Band meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. 452.7530.

  • Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Open to all members and their guests. 456.8691.

  • Karaoke is held at 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

  • Men Macon Music, barbershop singing, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Visitors welcome. 524.9692.

  • Mountain Dulcimer Players meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Knowledge of music not required, tablature method used. 488.6697.

  • Music in the Mountains is held at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday at the train depot in Bryson City. 488.3681.

  • Old Timey Bluegrass Jams are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Spring Street Cafe in Sylva.

  • Open Mic Night is held at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Shot in the Dark Café on Main Street in Sylva.

  • Open Mic Night is held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Friday at Mountain Perks in Bryson City. 488.9561.

  • Pick and Play Dulcimer Group of Sylva meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Saturday of every month in the fellowship hall of St. John's Episcopal Church. 293.0074.

  • The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192.

  • The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players meet every Thursday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. All are welcome. 349.3170 or 524.2294.

 

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Outdoors Calendar

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The Competitive Edge

  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. July 22. Golfers will enjoy a round of golf, lunch, beverages, and a goody bag as a participant in the tournament. All levels are encouraged to participate. 11:30 a.m. lunch followed by a 1 p.m. start at the Maggie Valley Club. $125 for a member/individual, $500 for a foursome. www.haywood-nc.com.

  • Bele Chere 5K. July 24. The largest road race in Western North Carolina. The start and finish lines will be at the same spot on McCormick Place, with a start timing pad. More information and a link to registration available at www.belechere5k.com.

  • Haywood Christian Ministry will hold its 17th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament July 27, 28. Held at Waynesville Country Club on July 27 for ladies and at both Laurel Ridge Country Club and Waynesville Resort and Spa for men on July 28. Appreciation banquet on July 28 at Laurel Ridge Country Club pavilion. Entry fee is $125. To register to play, call 456.4838.

  • Folkmoot USA 5K Run/Walk. July 31. A "walk-friendly" race open to people of all abilities who want to participate for the fun and to support Folkmoot, but also for serious runners. Race starts at 8 a.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. Packet Pick Up and Registration will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Start/Finish area. Adults: $20 in advance, $25 on Race Day. Register at the Folkmoot office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Lake Logan Triathlon. Aug. 7. International distance triathlon, 1500 meter swim in Lake Logan and 24 mile bike to Canton. Call 400.5868 for more information.

  • Blue Ridge Breakaway. Aug. 21. A bike race through Haywood County to support the Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature a Century (105 miles), Metric Century (65 miles), 40 miles and a 24 mile ride. All routes will begin at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. www.blueridgebreakaway.com.

 

Outings & Fieldtrips

  • BICYCLEHAYOODNC, a local bicycle advocacy group established in 2009, will partner with Rolls Rite Bicycles of Waynesville on Thursdays through July 29 to lead group bicycle rides around Haywood County. Rides will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite located at 1362 Asheville Highway in Waynesville. 276.6080.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a walk at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve to Bird Banding Station July 21. Find out how songbirds are netted and banded to record data. Meet at Tessentee parking area, 2249 Hickory Knoll Road in Otto, at 9 a.m. Children are encouraged to come and join in this hands-on scientific avian research project. Limit is 15 people. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy will host a guided goat hike at Roan Mountain on July 22. See how goats are being used for vegetation management on the grassy balds. Hike five miles of moderately steep terrain. Free. Hike begins at 10 a.m. Call to register by July 21 at 253.0095, ext 205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Directions will be sent upon RSVP.

  • The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a visit to the historic Cowee Mound overlooking the "Vale of Keowee," site of the Cherokee village until 1820 on July 23. A guest speaker will lead an informational walk around the mound to identify traces of activity, trails, and plants used by the Cherokee. Bring a lunch. Meet at Cowee School at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Limit is 15 people. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week. July 23. Join Parkway Rangers at 10 am for a moderate one-mile hike along the Art Loeb Trail to the summit of Black Balsam Knob. Meet at 10 a.m. 298.5330, ext. 304.

  • The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR) will have the Annual Walk 'n Talk at Deep Creek in Swain County on July 23. Meet at the parking lot at the Deep Creek Entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 5:30 p.m. for a leisurely walk to a nearby waterfall followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. 488.8418.

  • The Nantahala Hiking Club will host a hike to Devil's Courthouse and Whiteside Mountain on July 24. Learn more about the interesting trees and plants in this section of the Nantahala Mountains. Easy four miles. Meet at Whiteside Mountain parking lot in Highlands at 9:30 a.m. Call 526.8134 for reservations. If interested in carpooling from Franklin, call 349.5201.

  • Georges State Park Program: Take a Hike. July 26. Join park naturalist for a one-walk to Upper Bearwallow Falls. Meet at 10 a.m. at the picnic area accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a "History Along The River" walk July 31 with Barb McRae, editor of The Franklin Press and expert on Macon history. Meet at Rotary Shelter, old Airport Trail entrance behind Macon News at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars to view wildlife along the way. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Carolina Mountain Club will hike the Sam Knob/Devil's Courthouse Loop on Aug. 1. A moderately difficult, 8.5 miles hike. Meet at the Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville at 8:30 a.m. or at the Blue Ridge Parkway Cold Mountain overlook at 9:15 a.m. 231.2198

  • The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike the Wasilik Poplar trail near Standing Indian on Aug. 1. See one of the largest tulip poplar trees in NC. Easy 1.5 miles. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m. Call leader Kay Coriell at 369.6820 to register.

  • A "Walk with a Naturalist" at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is held each Tuesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. From spring through early summer. Interpretive guides will lead small groups along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. www.ncarboretum.org or call 665.2492.

  • Kayak Class. The Class IV Kayaking Creek Week held at NOC is offered in weekend or five-day format over several dates from March through May. Five-day classes are $1,149/person and weekends are $501/person. As with all other NOC Paddling School Offerings, transportation, meals and lodging are all included. For dates and to register, visit www.noc.com or call 488.7185.

 

Bike Rides

  • A Weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. 8 to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 of exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238, ext. 158.

  • A weekly women's bike ride in Bryson City/Sylva meets Mondays at 5:45 p.m., departing from the Whittier Post Office. Three groups do 8-mile, 13-mile and 17-mile rides. No one will be dropped. spinderellas.ning.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Bryson City meets Sundays at 4:30 p.m. at Bryson City Bicycles on Everett Street for casual, moderate ride. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.1988. "Bike and Brew" ride ends with a local microbrew at Nanthala Brewing Company.

  • A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and Beginners' ride. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 10 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

 

Programs & Workshops

  • Lecture: "The Man Behind the Mountain Laurel: Peter Kalm in America." July 22. Author Paula Robbins will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • Highlands Nature Center Program: "Snakes of the Highlands Region." July 23. Learn snake identification, natural histories, and common misconceptions. 7 to 8:30 p.m. for all ages. $2 per person. 526.2623 or www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

  • Georges State Park Program: Animal Senses. July 23, 24. Learn how animals see, hear, taste, smell, and feel to survive in the wild. 3 p.m. on July 23 at the Frozen Creek trailhead off US 64 W of Rosman and 10:30 a.m. July 24 at the Grassy Ridge trailhead, accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: The Call of the Wild. July 24. This is the Year of the Birds at NC State Parks and a Ranger led walk focusing in on bird calls and bird song will take place on a portion of the Auger Hole trail. Bring bug spray and hiking shoes. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park located off NC 281S. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: Making Tracks. July 24. Learn how to identify animal tracks by creating plaster-of-paris tracks of different animals. 2 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Train History Day at the Cradle of Forestry. July 24. With local train historian Jerry Ledford. Programs at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a model railroad displayed all day. Admission is $5 for adults. For details call 877.3130.

  • Georges State Park Program: Crepuscular Critters. July 25. Explore the creatures that are active during the twilight hours. 7 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: Identifying Wildlife Sign. July 25. Learn to investigate signs of wildlife such as tracks, scat and skeletal remains. 2 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Haywood Community College's Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer free Boating Safety courses on July 26, 27 and on Aug. 9, 10 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in room 309/310 on the HCC campus. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings to receive their certification. Pre-registration is required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.4560.

  • Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners. July 28. Topics include casting theory, mechanics and practice techniques. Offered by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest. All equipment and materials are provided. Bring a lunch. A $20 registration fee is fully refundable upon class attendance. 877.4423.

  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians." July 29. Andrew Methven of Eastern Illinois University will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • "Blue Ridge Perspectives: The Natural World thru Words and Images." Aug. 5. Author George Ellison and painter Elizabeth Ellison will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • Workshop: Woodscaping your Woodlands and Firewise Management. Aug. 6, 7. A general overview of managing your forest land-how topography and soil affect the forest type and a tour of harvesting methods. Held at the Holmes Educational State Forest in Hendersonville. Advance registration required by one week prior at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • Workshop: Stewardship, Recreation, & Liability. Aug. 20, 21 at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site in Pisgah National Forest. Planning trails on your property, plus the basics of land ownership liability and conservation easements. Graduation ceremony and lunch will follow on Saturday for those who have attended at least 3 of the 4 workshops. Advance registration required by one week prior at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • The WNC Sportsman's Club will hold a free trapping class on Aug. 28 at Juke Box Junction Restaurant in Bethel. All aspects of trapping will be covered, with emphasis on coyotes. Taught by certified instructors. 9 a.m. 316.1588.

  • Free fly fishing classes are offered at River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300.

  • Mini Demo Days. Every Wednesday this July, Diamond Brand is hosting weekly "try before you buy" events from 4 to 6 p.m., to allow kayak and canoe seekers to demo a variety of boats on Lake Julian. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at 684.6262.

 

Farm & Garden

  • Native Landscaping & Water Management workshop. July 23, 24. A general overview of choosing and planting native plants for your property. View stormwater best management practices and erosion control measures. Basic information on planning and locating ponds and managing streamside riparian zones. Held at the NC Arboretum. Advance registration is required at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • Friends of Rickman's Store Gardening with Nature Workshop: "Someone's in the Kitchen with Isaac." July 29. Make old-fashioned organic homemade bread with 11 year-old chef Isaac Timan. A demonstration of a yeast method will also be given. Bring a bowl with cover to make your own. Kids are invited to come with parents. 6:30 p.m. at Rickman's Store. 349.5201 or 524.2711, ext. 203.

  • The Sylva Community Garden is now accepting applications for the 2010 growing season. The purpose of the Sylva Community Garden is to provide fresh produce to those in need and to provide organic gardening space to local growers. The garden is located across the street from The Community Table on Storybook Lane in downtown Sylva. For more information or a garden application please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ann at 226.1885.

 

Farmers Markets

Haywood

  • Canton Tailgate Market. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Town hall parking lot on Park Street in downtown Canton. 646.3412.

  • Haywood Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater in Waynesville. Wednesdays and Saturdays May-Oct. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally-grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, cheese, preserves, local meat, fresh seafood and heritage crafts. 627.3469. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com.

  • Waynesville Tailgate Market at the American Legion in Waynesville. Wednesdays and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June-Oct. Assortment of crafts, fruits, local specialties, vegetables and organic food. 456.3517.

 

Jackson

  • Cashiers Tailgate Market. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. In the parking lot of Cashiers Community Center on N.C. 107 between Cashiers and Highlands.

  • Farmers Market at Harris Regional Hospital. Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. near the Hospital Road entrance to the hospital parking lot. Market is open to the public as well as employees of the hospital.

  • Jackson County Farmers Market in Sylva. Saturdays from May-Oct. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Local produce, jams and honey, homemade soaps, crafts and more at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park.

 

Macon

  • Franklin Tailgate Market. Saturdays. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Selling only homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, plants, eggs, locally made cheese, trout, and honey. Held on west Palmer Street, across the street from the old post office.

  • Friends of the Rickman Store. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Located at the historical T.M. Rickman General Store seven miles north of Franklin on N.C. 28.

 

Swain

  • Swain Tailgate Market. Fridays from May-Oct. Produce, flowers, honey and jams and more. 9 a .m. to 1 p.m. on old Hwy 19 off of Veteran's Blvd. in the parking lot next to Fred's and Super Saver Foods shopping center.

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Tailgate Market. Saturdays through the summer. Market with be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays for ten weeks. Interested vendors can pick up an application at the Graham County Cooperative Extension Office or the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

 

Cherokee

  • Cherokee Farmer's Tailgate Market. Fridays during growing season. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local farmers and gardeners provide fresh local produce on a weekly basis. Look for organic and heirloom produce. Located on Acquoni Road in downtown Cherokee. Opens in June.

 

Special Events & Meetings

  • Dog Days on the Parkway will be July 24 at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Parkway Rangers will lead an orienteering activity for the whole family at 10 a.m. The day's events will wrap up with a 2 p.m. performance by The Neighbors Bluegrass Band from Caldwell County.

  • The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will hold its second annual "Local Food Gala" July 24. A fundraising event with a local wine and beer tasting and a menu of foods grown in the region. Gala will be at Cave Creek in the Lower Burningtown area of Franklin. Tickets are $75 each or $500 for a table of 8 and are available at www.ltlt.org. 524.2711, ext 203.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway celebration: 75 Years of Heritage and Communities. Aug. 7. Held at the Waterrock Knob Visitors Center on the Parkway, the day includes live music and entertainment and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be available to purchase.

  • Smokey Bear's Birthday Party. Aug. 7. Child oriented event with music, games, art activities, wildland fire fighting tools, birthday cake, and the guest of honor, Smokey Bear. Live animal program at 1:30 p.m., party form 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Forestry, Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. $6 for adults, $3 for youth under 16. 877.3130.

 

Group Meetings

  • The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its summer meeting on July 21. 6:30 p.m. at the Sylva Town Hall.

  • WNC Sportman's Club's Archery and Youth Airgun Shoots are held the first and second Saturdays of each month. For more information call 316.1588.

  • The WNC Sportsman's Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Juke Box Junction. The public is invited and welcome to attend. 316.1588.

  • Local Camping Club seeks new members. Meet the second weekend of the month, April to October. We share a love of the outdoors, good company, great food and a roaring campfire. 369.6669.

  • The Diamond Brand Running Group will meet Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Each running group member is given a Running Group Rewards Card for the chance to receive great discounts and free products at Diamond Brand and registration is free. For more information, contact Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Group Runs begin at 7 a.m. every Wednesday start at the lobby of the YMC in Asheville. All levels welcome. 277.5151.

  • Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Education program and business meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • HAYWOOD ALLIANCE, a local chapter of the WNC Alliance, meets at various locations each month. Get involved with protecting Haywood County's environment, scenery and farmland from development, and encouraging politicians to take steps. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Friends of Panthertown work days are held the fourth Saturday of every month (time and location varies). Volunteers needed to maintain trails. For more information, contact Nina Elliott at 526.9938 (ext 258), visit j-mca.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "Pints and Flies," a weekly gathering of fishermen meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center. A chance to join local fly fishermen to tie some flies, tell lies and drink some beer. Bring your own supplies or come to learn. 553.3863 or carolinachase_wnc@yahoo.

  • Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Fishermen from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain welcome. Meets first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. United Community Bank on N.C. 107 in Sylva. 586.2887 or offiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the Whittier Community Building in Whittier. Open to anyone interested in honeybees. 554.6935.

  • Swain County Train Runners. Long run group meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Deep Creek Trailhead Parking Area in Bryson City. All runs are on trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Tsali Recreation Area. All distances, paces, ages welcome. More information at 399.0989, 488.6769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Sylva Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River Monthly Lunch Meetings (open to members and non-members alike). First Wednesday of each month in Bryson City at the River Grill Second Wednesday of each month in Sylva at the Soul Infusion Teahouse on State Road 107. Contact WATR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.8418.

  • The Western Carolina Paddlers meet the first Tuesday of each month at the REI Community Room at 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville. There will be a presentation at each meeting.

  • WNC Sportsmans Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday night of each month at the Juke Box Junction Restaurant located in Bethel at the junction of US 276 and NC 110 wncsportsmansclub.com.